Bart the Genius

episode of The Simpsons (S1 E2)

"Bart the Genius" is the second episode of the first season of The Simpsons, which was first shown on the Fox network on January 14, 1990. It was the first episode written by Jon Vitti. It was also the first ever episode to use the signature title sequence, as well as the first normal episode. The episode has Bart Simpson's experiences of life as a smarty-pants after he cheats on an intelligence test. It is the first episode that uses Bart's catchphrase "Eat my shorts." As the second episode was made, right after the bad animation of "Some Enchanted Evening," the future of the series relied on how the animation turned out on this episode. The animation proved to be more acceptable and production continued.

"Bart the Genius"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed byDavid Silverman
Written byJon Vitti
Production code7G02
Original air dateJanuary 14, 1990 (1990-01-14)
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The episode starts with the Simpson family playing Scrabble. Bart plays the word "kwyjibo", which is not a real word.

Other websitesEdit

  • "Bart the Genius episode capsule". The Simpsons Archive.
  • "Bart the Genius" at the Internet Movie Database
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